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Loch Ness monster – probably fake. Loch Ness monster tattoo – NOT fake

(Amazingly, our little mention was spotted by the originators of this one, so you can slide straight down to the comments to see the that this is no hoax.)

It’s odd some of the things folk will point you to, on the basis that they have a Scottish connection.

Back in 1933,  tales of the Loch Ness Monster began to appear from various ‘witnesses’, and gained some impetus when the so-called “Surgeon’s Photograph” was taken in April of the following year.

However, this would finally be shown to be a hoax and lose all credibility in 1975, to be followed by a deathbed confession by one of the hoaxers: Loch Ness Monster – Information about the famous Loch Ness Monster in Scotland

The object in the water was not some form of unknown marine life, but was in fact a toy submarine which had been fitted with a sea-serpent head. This was finally confirmed in 1994 when Christian Spurling, just before his death at the age of 90, confessed to his involvement in a plot to create the famous Surgeon’s Photo involving two others, Marmaduke Wetherell and Colonel Wilson.

See more detail here: The Surgeon’s Photo, 1934

It looks as if someone took this to heart, and a photograph apparently showing a tattoo memorialising the tale from 1933 to 1975 has been circulated online:

Loch Ness monster tattoo

Loch Ness monster tattoo – maybe

Image source: My Heart Will Go On – Cheezburger

I’m not entirely convinced though, and this looks like a fake or temporary tattoo to me. There is an obvious sheen over the whole area of the ‘tattoo’, unlike that of skin, suggesting that this tattoo is little more than a transfer, and temporary.

I said I wasn’t entirely convinced, and that caution was justified, as the pic was just taken very soon after the tattoo was completed, hence the slightly odd appearance. I’m afraid I have to confess that my opinion of tattoos means I’ll never see one in this state.


March 11, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. Hey, I’m pretty sure this is real, since I spent 2.5 hours getting that tattoo. Its shiny because tattoos bleed and ooze when first done.


    Comment by matty | March 27, 2013

  2. Check it: 🙂


    Comment by David | March 27, 2013

  3. Thanks guys… pre-empted my plea for a link.

    A more direct link would have been nicer… instead of having to search the whole site to find it.

    Look under “Photos” and then “Greg’s work” folks, and you will find it 🙂


    Comment by Apollo | March 27, 2013

  4. AN EXPERT delving deep into the history of Nessie spotters is to reveal his findings on the 80th anniversary of the first modern-day sighting.

    Dr Charles Paxton, a statistical ecologist from St Andrews University, is working on the first catalogue of all known sightings of the Loch Ness monster in modern times.

    The researcher will present his findings at a conference this weekend, organised as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

    The special event organised by the St Andrews academic marks the 80thanniversary of the first official sighting of Nessie.

    It was in April 1933 that Drumnadrochit hotel manageress Aldie Mackay reported “something resembling a whale” while on the road from Inverness.

    Loch Ness monster expert to reveal findings – Heritage –


    Comment by Apollo | April 5, 2013

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